December Business Workshops

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Finish the fourth quarter strong! If you are a small business owner or an aspiring entrepreneur, the high-value, low-or-no-cost business workshops offered by experts at Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center have the power to transform your enterprise. As end-of-year and holiday shopping gear up, now is the perfect time to bring your product or service to market. Register today and let the One Stop Shop’s business counselors provide the advice and assistance you need regarding small business loans, start-ups, and more.

Market Research Basics
Tuesday, December 5, 9:00 – 11:30 AM
Fee: This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

Discover ways to find your ideal customers, your competitors, perform competitive analysis, and more. Also learn how to find new customers, identify new site locations, target direct mail campaigns, reveal untapped markets, and expand to appropriate new markets.

CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation
Wednesday, December 13, 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Fee: This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

If you have a need for alternative financing and your business is located in Oakland County, consider the CEED Lending Small Business Loan Program. Discover the requirements and process necessary to apply for and obtain a Small Business Loan. CEED Lending is an initiative of Great Lakes Women’s Business Council.

Starting a Business
Thursday, December 14, 9:00 – 11:30 AM
Fee: This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

This workshop is designed for individuals who are at the beginning stages of starting a business. It will help aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.

Walk-In Start-Up Thursdays – Now in Two Locations
Waterford: Every Thursday, 9:30 AM – Noon & 1:30 – 4:30 PM
Novi: First Thursday of Every Month, 9:30 AM – Noon & 1:30 – 4:30 PM
Fee: This workshop is free and no appointment is necessary

Individuals who want to launch a business but don’t know where to begin can receive confidential, one-on-one advice from an experienced business consultant. Counselors will answer start-up questions; suggest next steps and guidance on business planning tools. Walk-in sessions available on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to 15 minutes.

Registration and Workshop Details

Pre-register by visiting Advantage Oakland’s Business Workshops page or by calling 248-858-0783.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs are held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, in Waterford.

Stay connected with the Business Center on Advantage Oakland’s Facebook and Twitter pages and learn more about the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center on their website or visit their Eventbrite page.


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